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NATIONAL STORM SUMMARY
1-3: Rain resulted in a daily-record total (2.55 inches) in New Iberia, LA. Farther north, West Plains, MO, received minimal rain during the week, but easily set a spring precipitation record with 30.78 inches (225 percent of normal). Previously, the March-May precipitation record in West Plains had been 28.39 inches in 2011. In contrast, spring precipitation totaled just 1.01 inches (22 percent of normal) in Hettinger, ND. Elsewhere in the Dakotas, March-May precipitation ranged from 25 to 40 percent of normal in locations such as Minot, ND (1.23 inches); Bismarck, ND (1.73 inches); and Mobridge, SD (1.77 inches). In early June, periodically heavy showers continued across the South, with daily-record totals reaching 4.28 inches (on June 2) in Tupelo, MS, and 2.39 inches (on June 3) in Lafayette, LA. North Little Rock, AR, received 1.65 inches on June 3, boosting its weekly total to 4.68 inches.
4-10: Widespread Southeastern showers eliminated any remaining drought areas. The heaviest rain (locally 4 to 8 inches or more) fell across parts of Florida and southernmost Georgia. Daily-record rainfall totals topped 4 inches at various times during the week at several locations in Florida. Some of Florida’s heaviest rain fell on June 6, when daily-record amounts reached 4.78 inches in Fort Lauderdale; 4.52 inches in Pensacola; and 4.18 inches in West Palm Beach. The following day, record-setting totals in Florida included 4.45 inches in Gainesville and 4.39 inches in Key West. For Gainesville, it was the sixth-wettest June day, well below the Tropical Storm Debby-induced record of 6.95 inches set on June 24, 2012. Outside of Florida, daily-record totals included 3.95 inches (on June 5) in Batesville, AR, and 3.15 inches (on June 4) in Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX. Farther north, a slow moving storm system resulted in a record-setting rainfall total for June 6 in Concord, NH, where 1.98 inches fell. Later, mid- to late-week showers in the Northwest contributed to several daily-record amounts, including 1.43 inches (on June 8) in Meacham, OR, and 0.29 inch (on June 10) in Redmond, OR. In contrast, not a single drop of rain fell during the first 10 days of June in Midwestern locations such as Des Moines, IA; Quincy, IL; and Kirksville, MO.
11-17: Mid-month showers and thunderstorms provided many Midwestern locations with enough rain to improve topsoil moisture and stabilize crop conditions. The rain occurred in spite of hot weather, which boosted weekly temperatures more than 10F above normal across parts of the central and eastern Plains. Farther west, beneficial showers also dotted the northern Plains, with variable rainfall providing drought relief in some areas—including the eastern Dakotas. Little rain fell across eastern Montana and portions of the western Dakotas. The Midwestern increase in shower activity was gradual but eventually covered most areas. Selected daily-record totals included 3.72 inches (on June 12) in Lincoln, NE; 2.98 inches (on June 13) in Aberdeen, SD; and 2.68 inches (on June 14) in Dayton, OH. In the Atlantic Coast States, some of the heaviest showers occurred late in the week, when record-setting totals for June 16 reached 2.21 inches in Providence, RI; 2.17 inches in Danville, VA; and 1.93 inches in Raleigh-Durham, NC. In Florida, Vero Beach’s daily-record sum of 1.31 inches on the 16th helped to boost its June 1-17 total to 6.12 inches (165 percent of normal). The Northwest also noted periods of rain, with Washington locations such as Quillayute (1.97 inches) and Seattle (1.05 inches) registering daily-record amounts for June 15.
18-24: Minimal Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall near the Texas-Louisiana border before daybreak on June 22, contributing to a storm surge along the Gulf Coast; flooding rains (locally a foot or more) in the central Gulf Coast region; and heavy showers and locally severe thunderstorms in parts of the Southeast and from the Mississippi Delta into the Ohio Valley. Cindy’s remnant circulation was ultimately absorbed by a strong cold front crossing the Mid-Atlantic region. Prior to interacting with the former tropical storm, the cold front sparked showers and thunderstorms in the Midwest. Some of the heaviest rain associated with Tropical Storm Cindy’s approach fell along the central Gulf Coast on June 2021, when 2-day totals reached 8.37 inches in Gulfport, MS, and 7.83 inches in Pensacola, FL. Weekly (June 18-24) totals climbed to 9.70 in Gulfport and 9.51 inches in Pensacola, while unofficial rainfall amounts reached 10 to 18 inches in isolated locations near the Gulf Coast from southeastern Louisiana to western Florida. Other June 18-24 totals included 8.97 inches in New Orleans, LA, and 8.77 inches in Tuscaloosa, AL. During the course of the week, which featured complex interactions between Cindy and a pair of cold fronts, daily record rainfall totals topped 3 inches in locations such as Apalachicola, FL (4.83 inches on June 20); Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX (3.84 inches on June 24); Montgomery, AL (3.59 inches on June 18); and Watertown, NY (3.28 inches on June 23). On June 23, Midwestern daily-record amounts included 2.86 inches in Dayton, OH; 1.84 inches in Saginaw, MI; and 1.79 inches in Fort Wayne, IN. Cindy’s remnant circulation was fully absorbed by a cold front by June 24, but Northeastern daily record totals for that date reached 1.94 inches in Trenton, NJ, and 1.72 inches in Harrisburg, PA.
25-30: Beneficial showers dotted the southeastern half of the Plains, but rainfall was spottier and more erratic farther north and west. As a result, the northern Plains experienced little, if any, relief from a punishing, early season drought, despite a period of cool weather. Locally heavy showers and thunderstorms affected the northern and western Corn Belt, keeping crops mostly well-watered but bypassing a few spots. Notably, rainfall has been consistently below normal in recent weeks in several Midwestern areas, including southern Michigan and a broad arc from Nebraska to central Illinois. Elsewhere, short-term dryness began to stress crops and pastures in the Mid-Atlantic region, but showery weather maintained generally adequate to locally surplus soil moisture across the South. Several cold fronts crossing the northern U.S., occasional gusty winds and locally severe thunderstorms were observed. On June 27 in Wyoming, wind gusts were clocked to 70 mph in Worland and 65 mph in Lander and Casper. By June 28, heavy rain erupted on the eastern edge of the northern Plains’ drought area. Grand Forks, ND, received a daily-record total of 3.21 inches on June 28, compared to 2.47 inches (43 percent of normal) during the preceding 58 days from May 1 – June 27. Farther east, Rockford, IL, experienced its third-wettest June day, with 4.11 inches falling on the 28th. Rockford’s wetter June days occurred on June 14, 1926, when 4.67 inches fell, and June 19, 2009, when rainfall totaled 4.20 inches. Extremely heavy rain also fell in northern Missouri, where Chillicothe netted 6.03 inches from June 28-30. Heavy, late-month showers also returned to the Gulf Coast region, where June rainfall in Gulfport, MS, climbed to 22.00 inches. More than two-thirds (72 percent) of Gulfport’s rain fell on just 4 days: 8.37 and 7.49 inches, respectively, on June 20-21 and 28-29. Elsewhere in the Gulf Coast region, record-setting rainfall totals for June 29 included 4.53 inches in Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX; 2.18 inches in Mobile, AL; and 2.02 inches in Baton Rouge, LA. Savannah, GA, received a record setting total for June 30, when 3.72 inches fell. In Florida, Gainesville’s monthly rainfall rose to 16.86 inches (237 percent of normal)—the wettest June and second-wettest month on record. Gainesville’s wettest June had been 16.34 inches in 2012; the wettest month remains September 1894, with 19.91 inches. Locally heavy showers also peppered the Midwest and Northeast, where daily record amounts included 3.30 inches (on July 1) in Glens Falls, NY; 3.01 inches (on June 30) in Fort Wayne, IN; and 1.79 inches (on June 29) in Burlington, VT. Farther west, however, Glasgow, MT, completed its driest first half of a year on record, with just 2.75 inches (45 percent of normal). Previously, Glasgow’s lowest January-June total of 3.27 inches was established in 1983.
Jim G. Munley, jr.
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